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Peru & Ecuador Adventure 2013-2014

36 days with Intrepid Travel   Rating: Budget

800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Days 1-2 Quito
Arrive in Quito, Ecuador's multifaceted capital. Kick off the Latin American adventure exploring cobblestone streets in the Old Town or head to a funky bar in Quito's modern area. 

Days 3-4 Amazon Jungle
Learn the secrets of the Amazon and the medicinal uses of plants on a local-guided tour of the jungle. 

Days 5-7 Banos
With two free days in Banos, you might want to watch sunrise from the thermal springs or experience an adrenaline rush high in the Ecuadorian Andes - whitewater rafting, anyone? Banos has long been a favourite place to travel in Ecuador and it's not hard to see why. 

Days 8-9 Cuenca
Wander cobblestone streets admiring the red-tiled roofs, flower markets and plazas of Cuenca, a UNESCO World Heritage Trust site. 

Days 10-11 Mancora
Cross the border from Equador to Peru and spend a free day relaxing at the beach, surfing or taking an optional boat tour through the mangrove swamps to search out local birdlife. 

Day 12-13 Huanchaco
Travel through the Sechura Desert and see the 'surfing' fishermen of Huanchaco and explore the historical city of Trujillo. 

Days 14-15 Lima
Wander the well-preserved historical centre of Peru's capital, Lima. 

Day 16 Pisco
Head to the Plaza de Armas for some tasty local cuisine or a Pisco sour - Peru's national drink made from a type of brandy. 

Days 17-18 Nazca
Opt to visit the Ballestas Islands, a famed wildlife haven, before heading to Nazca to discover ancient mummies and mysterious colossal etchings. 

Days 19-22 Arequipa/ Colca Canyon
Journey to Arequipa and see why it's nicknamed the 'White City', then head deep into the Andes to witness one of the world's deepest canyons. 

Days 23-24 Cuzco/ Sacred Valley/ Ollantaytambo
Make tracks to charismatic Cuzco, the gateway to adventure travel in Peru. Shop at the colourful San Pedro market in Cuzco, travel through the Sacred Valley and visit a local community - perhaps picking up some Quechua lingo. Stop in at Ollantaytambo, where houses have been built over an ancient Inca town. 

Days 25-28 Inca Trail/ Machu Picchu/ Cuzco
Walk through dense cloud forests and past ancient ruins on an awe-inspiring Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu.

Day 29 Cuzco
Relax in a cafe or hit the mountain tracks on a daring bike ride. 

Days 30-32 Puno/ Lake Titicaca
Stop in at the Puno, the folklore capital of Peru, then cruise the world's highest navigable lake and experience local life at a homestay. 

Day 33 Copacabana
Cross the border from Peru to Copacabana in Bolivia where you have the option to hire a pedal boat, visit the Island of the Sun or hike to the top of of Cerro Calvario and watch the sunset over town. 

Days 34-36 La Paz
Travel to Bolivia's eclectic capital La Paz. Browse the Witches' Market for everything from woolly hats and alpaca gloves to potions and incantations to cure any ailment. Celebrate the end of the Peru and Ecuador Adventure with a night on the tiles.
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Discover the heart and soul of Andean South America on this adventure that takes you from the cobblestone streets in Quito to the dizzying altitude of La Paz. Discover the extraordinary history of the Inca as you trek through misty cloud forests along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, fall asleep to the sounds of the wild in the lush Amazonian jungle, meet the locals on glistening Lake Titicaca and spot condors in the Colca Canyon. With lots of flexibility, this trip is ideal for those with a sense of adventure and a thirst for discovery.

  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • Van, Overnight bus, Bus, Canoe, Boat, Ferry
800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Highlights
  • Discover a culture clash in Quito
  • Travel through the Amazon Jungle with a local guide
  • See Huanchaco's surfing fishermen
  • Unravel the mysteries of the Nazca lines
  • Hike the Inca Trail through cloud forests to Machu Picchu
  • Explore Cuzco's colourful San Pedro market
  • Pick up some Quechua lingo in the Sacred Valley
  • Visit a community on Lake Titicaca's 'floating islands'
  • Watch spectacular sunset in Copacabana
  • Stock up on woollies at La Paz's markets
800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Accommodations
Hotel (25 nts)
Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nts)
Overnight bus (2 nts)
Guesthouse (2 nts)
Jungle Lodge (2 nts)
Homestay (1 nt)
800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Notes
  • The comforts of home are more of a rarity. English is not common and the food will be quite different to what you are used to. It is important to observe some of the local customs to not cause offence. Many of the locals' standard of living may be confronting.
  • Inca Trail permits are sold on request basis only. Once deposit is paid and passport details provided, Intrepid will endeavour to secure a permit for you.
  • If Inca Trail permits are unavailable by the time you book, you can opt to hike the Inca Quarry Trail instead.
  • The Inca Trail closes in February to allow cleaning and restoration works. If the trek portion of your trip starts in February you will be automatically booked to the Inca Quarry Trail.
  • Should you choose not to hike at all, please let us know in writing at the time of booking so alternative arrangements can be made. Without this prior warning, local fees may apply.
  • Allow USD $650 for meals not included.
  • Group Size: Minimum 1, Maximum 16.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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